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OPI Montana Autism Education Project Conference

This training is FREE!! from the OPI Montana Autism Education Project. OPI renewal units will be available.  See more information and register here.

Monday April 9th

(All sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

The Birds and the Bees: Puberty, Hygiene, Safety and Sexuality for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Youths with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities are twice as likely as their typically developing peers to be victims of physical or sexual abuse. Information regarding puberty, hygiene, and sexuality relates to keeping children with ASD safe. Areas covered can easily become target behaviors, objectives for IEPs, or treatment goals for youth with ASD.

Topics include:  What to Expect (and what you might not expect.) // Hygiene // Clothing Matters // Personal Safety // Rethinking “The Talk” // Teaching Anatomy and more!

How To Build A Program For a Student With Autism

  • What to look for in the diagnosis report.
  • Examine programs and assessments to gather meaningful data.
  • How to conduct an ER for a child with Autism.
  • Develop an IEP with meaningful goals based on data.
  • How to create a daily schedule and integrate IEP goals.
  • Examine 4 profiles for children with autism and how their programs differ.
  • Discuss/Create visual supports that may be helpful with your students

Strengthen Your Toolbox of Strategies and Activities for Students with Autism

Upon completion, attendees will be able to:

  1. Design 3 activities using best practice techniques to target specific skills
  2. List 5 strategies that can be used to help students with ASD
  3. Explain how the Social Thinking Model can be utilized across all levels of ASD

Tuesday April 10th

How to Implement a Program for a Student with Autism

(8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

  • How to take data on goals from the IEP every day
  • How to integrate IEP goals throughout the day
  • How to help the student generalize skills
  • How to conduct a reinforcer assessment
  • How to implement a token economy
  • How to use a visual schedule
  • How to create a task analysis
  • How to use visual supports throughout the day

How to Develop and Write Measurable IEP Goals

(8:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.)

Learn the CBCC method for writing goals and how to choose data recording methods that are realistic and measureable.

How To Prepare Students (and Yourself) for Post-school Transition

(8:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.)

Reinforcer Surveys and Reinforcer Schedules – How to Increase Student Success and Your Happiness

(1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Analysis of Automatically Reinforced Behavior: Sexualized Behavior, Sensory Regulation and Stimulation

(1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

See more information and register here.

* There is a block of sleeping rooms available at state rate at the Big Horn Resort. OPI will not provide travel reimbursement.